New to Blu-ray: THE WALKING DEAD Season 4, ALL THAT JAZZ Criterion, THE DOUBLE, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include the latest season of one of the most popular shows on TV, a musical classic on Criterion, one of the year’s underseen dark comedies, and more.  Check them out below:

Ridley Scott Says He Will “Probably” Direct the BLADE RUNNER Sequel After THE MARTIAN; Talks PROMETHEUS 2

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Ridley Scott is a lot like Clint Eastwood and Woody Allen in that he’s become an incredibly prolific filmmaker in his 70s, but he differs from those two directors in that the projects he’s tackling are massive.  In the last four years, Scott has directed Robin Hood, Prometheus, The Counselor, and most recently the Biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings, and in between he found time to helm a pilot called The Vatican that Showtime ultimately passed on.  Scott is next gearing up to shoot the sci-fi survival film The Martian with Matt Damon, and in a recent interview with EW he revealed that production on the pic—which revolves around an astronaut who becomes stranded on Mars and must find his way home—will begin in November.

But during the interview, Scott also revealed that Blade Runner 2 and Prometheus 2 are both completely written, adding that he hopes to make the Blade Runner sequel directly after The Martian.  More after the jump.

Director Colin Trevorrow Remembers Richard Attenborough with New JURASSIC WORLD Image

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The world lost a great filmmaker and actor this past weekend with the passing of Sir Richard Attenborough.  Though his directing credits included films like Gandhi, A Chorus Line, and Chaplin, many probably best remember him as the mild-mannered John Hammond from Jurassic Park.  Though filming on the new Jurassic Park film, Jurassic World, has wrapped, director Colin Trevorrow felt it was fitting to share a new Jurassic World image in remembrance of Attenborough, as it shows a statue memorializing his John Hammond character.  Though Hammond himself likely doesn’t appear in Jurassic World, the character no doubt looms large thanks to Attenborough’s unforgettable performance.

Hit the jump to take a look at the Jurassic World image.  The film opens in theaters on June 12, 2015.

Chris Hemsworth and Charlie Day in Talks to Join VACATION Reboot

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Thor’s got jokes, you guys.  Chris Hemsworth is looking to tackle a full-on comedy, as word comes that the actor is currently in negotiations to join the cast of the Vacation reboot/sequelHorrible Bosses and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 scribes John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein wrote and are making their directorial debut on the film, which stars Ed Helms as the grown Rusty Griswold who sets out to take his family on a road trip similar to the one he took with his family when he was younger.  You know, the one that ended with his father taking a nice security guard hostage and forcing him to take his family on all the rides at Wally World.

Hit the jump for more on Vacation, including who Hemsworth is playing and the addition of a Horrible Bosses veteran to the cast.

Extended AS ABOVE SO BELOW Red-Band Trailer Finds Madness in the Paris Catacombs

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Legendary and Universal Pictures have released a new extended As Above So Below red-band trailer for director John Dowdle’s (Quarantine) upcoming horror film.  The pic takes place in the Paris catacombs, as the 200 miles of twisting tunnels six stories below the surface offers a unique and terror-filled setting.  Born out of the Dowdle brothers’ desire to make a found footage Indiana Jones-type film, the story follows a group of people who find that as they go deeper into the catacombs, they’re each forced to face their own personal demons.  This actually looks like a pretty promising entry in the horror genre, as the terrifying nature of the real-life catacombs offers a sort of “descent into madness” atmosphere to the proceedings.

Hit the jump to watch the new As Above So Below red-band trailer, and click here to read our interview with the Dowdle brothers at Comic-Con.  The film stars Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman, and Edwin HodgeAs Above So Below opens in theaters this Friday, August 29th.

HBO Developing SHUTTER ISLAND TV Series ASHECLIFFE; Martin Scorsese to Direct the Pilot

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Though Boardwalk Empire is coming to an end this year, it appears that Martin Scorsese will definitely be staying in business with HBO.  He recently shot a pilot for a potential HBO series set in the 1970s rock and roll music scene of New York City, and now HBO is developing a TV adaptation of his film Shutter Island with Scorsese’s involvement.  Titled Ashecliffe, the Shutter Island TV series will be written by novelist/screenwriter Dennis Lehane, and the plan is for Scorsese to also direct the pilot.  Lehane penned the source material for Scorsese’s twisty 2010 psychological thriller, which starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo.  DiCaprio will also be involved in the Shutter Island TV series as an executive producer.  More after the jump.

Jeremy Renner Says “There Are Rumblings” of Hawkeye Joining CAPTAIN AMERICA 3; Talks Upcoming Schedule

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It’s no secret that when an actor signs on to star in a Marvel Studios film, his or her contract also contains options to appear in X number of films for the studio.  The number varies from actor to actor (Samuel L. Jackson signed for nine movies, Chris Evans signed for six), but it helps ensure that the folks at Marvel can call on one of their many comic book characters to appear in any combination of films.  Since The Avengers, the team of superheroes has become more close knit, and so it makes sense that they would begin to populate each other’s movies going forward.  In the case of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Marvel opted to have a S.H.I.E.L.D.-heavy sequel with Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow and Jackson’s Nick Fury playing major roles in the second Cap film.

Production just began on Marvel’s Ant-Man, but the next Marvel film set for release after the Paul Rudd-fronted feature is Captain America 3.  Directors Joe Russo and Anthony Russo are likely fine-tuning the script for the third Cap film as we speak, and when we recently spoke with Jeremy Renner in anticipation of his upcoming film Kill the Messenger, he revealed that there are “rumblings” that Renner’s Hawkeye might have a supporting role in Cap 3.  More after the jump.

Weekend Box Office: SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR Is DOA with Just $6.4 Million as GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Reclaims Box Office Throne

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Hoo-boy, people did not want to see Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.  The box office prospects for the follow-up were already looking pretty dim following dismal reviews and lack of general interest, but few would have guessed that directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s stylized sequel would only make $6.4 million for the entire weekend—for the entire weekend!  That’s down 78% from the first film’s opening weekend, and puts the film at No. 8 on the box office chart, as Marvel Studios’ highly successful Guardians of the Galaxy reclaimed the top spot for the first time since its opening weekend.  The film was usurped by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in its second weekend, but pulled in an impressive $17.6 million over the last three days for a domestic total of $251.9 million.  Guardians is now on track to best Captain America: The Winter Soldier as the highest grossing film of the year, stateside.

Hit the jump for the full Top 10 and analysis.

Watch: 20-Minute GOTHAM Featurette Delves Deep into the Upcoming Origin Story Series

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The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be held this coming Monday, which means the 2014-15 TV season is fast approaching.  One of the new shows that many are curious about is Fox’s Gotham.  The series is essentially a Batman origin story without Batman, as it follows a young James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) as he works to clean up the city of Gotham.  The show will introduce a gallery of classic Batman villains from The Penguin to The Riddler to Poison Ivy, and we even get a very young Catwoman.  I’m curious to see how this show can sustain itself if it’s mostly made up of teases and hints and in-jokes (again, Batman will not materialize), and a new 20-minute Gotham featurette offers a behind-the-scenes look at how showrunner Bruno Heller and the cast see this story unfolding.  The constant “wink-wink” nature could get old fast, so hopefully the focus can remain on Gordon without relying too much on references to the more familiar aspects of Batman lore that we’ll never see.

Hit the jump to watch the new Gotham featurette.  The show also stars David MazouzDonal LogueBarbara Kean, Jada Pinkett SmithRobin Lord TaylorCamren BicondovaSean PertweeCory Michael Smith, and Zabryna Guevara.  Gotham premieres this fall on Fox.

Friday Box Office: IF I STAY on Top with $6.8 Million; SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR Tanks with Paltry $2.6 Million

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The Young Adult trend continues at the box office this weekend as the Chloe Grace Moretz-fronted adaptation If I Stay topped all contenders on Friday with a solid $6.8 million.  That’s a far cry from the $26 million that The Fault in Our Stars took in on opening day earlier this year, but still a respectable pull for the $11 million drama.  Reviews weren’t as ecstatic as that previous YA film, but fans of both Moretz and author Gayle Forman’s source material look to have turned out for the film, which is on track for a weekend total around $16.5 million.  That might not be enough for the number one spot though, as Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy has its eye on reclaiming the title with a Friday take of $4.8 million, looking to pull in somewhere between $17.5 million to $17.7 million.  On the flipside, the sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For absolutely bombed with a mere $2.6 million on Friday, putting it on track for an opening weekend just under $7 million.

More Friday Box Office details and the full Top 5 chart after the jump.

Special LOST-Themed Episode of PHINEAS AND FERB to Air September 29th; First Look at a Polar Bear

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We learned a few days ago that the Disney XD original series Phineas and Ferb will be resurrecting Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s characters from Shaun of the Dead for a special Halloween episode, and now news comes that a Lost-themed episode will debut next month.  Titled “Lost in Danville”, the episode features a story by Lost co-creator/showrunner Damon Lindelof and a voice performance by John Locke himself Terry O’Quinn.  The story involves a mysterious locked capsule falling into Phineas and Ferb’s backyard, which may or may not contain a polar bear.  I’m not particularly familiar with Phineas and Ferb myself, but the one-two punch of the Shaun of the Dead and Lost news is making me rethinking my interest in the series.

Hit the jump to check out the first Phineas and Ferb Lost episode image.  It airs on Disney XD on Monday, September 29th at 7:30pm ET/PT.

New A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES Images: Liam Neeson and Dan Stevens Are on the Hunt

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Universal Pictures has released some new A Walk Among the Tombstones images from director Scott Frank’s (The Lookout) upcoming dark crime thriller.  The film stars Liam Neeson as an alcoholic ex-cop who investigates the kidnapping of a heroin drug lord’s wife, teaming up with a heroin trafficker (Downton Abbey‘s Dan Stevens) and his brother to hunt down the men responsible for the crime.  While on the surface this could be seen as another cash-in on Neeson’s “badass hunting down bad people” movie genre, I’m highly encouraged by the involvement of Frank.  He penned the scripts for Out of Sight and Minority Report and I was a big fan of his previous directorial effort The Lookout, so it’s with some degree of anticipation that I’m looking forward to this one.   Moreover, Stevens proves in The Guest that he’s more than capable of handling a darker role, so his turn in Tombstones should be quite interesting.

Hit the jump to check out the new A Walk Among the Tombstones images.  The film also stars David Harbour and Boyd Holbrook.  A Walk Among the Tombstones opens in theaters on September 19th.

Andrew Dominik to Pen Justin Lin’s 3D SHAOLIN TEMPLE Remake

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A pretty exciting China-backed project is taking shape.  It was announced earlier this year that Fast Five director Justin Lin had signed on to helm a $100 million 3D Shaolin Temple remake, and now Deadline reports that The Assassination of Jesse James and Killing Them Soflty writer/director Andrew Dominik will be writing the screenplay.  The original 1982 film was Jet Li’s big screen debut and took place during the period between the Sui and Tang Dynasties, revolving around the son of a murdered Tang emperor who trains himself up to enact revenge on the perpetrator.  Perfect Storm Entertainment and Beijing Enlight Pictures are producing the project, which Lin intends to direct next after he completes the new Bourne sequel.  That film hasn’t even started production yet, so Shaolin Temple is still a few years off.

Hit the jump for more on Dominik’s involvement.

Blu-ray and DVD Deal: STARGATE ATLANTIS: The Complete Series Over 77% Off

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Today’s Gold Box Deal of the Day over at Amazon is for Stargate Atlantis: The Complete Series on both Blu-ray and DVD.  The Blu-ray set of the sci-fi series is down from $199.99 to $44.99 at a hefty 78% off, while the DVD set of Stargate Atlantis is just $29.99 for a savings of 85%.  Those are pretty serious deals, so if you were a fan of the TV show, now’s your chance to own all five seasons.

GIRLS Season 4 Teaser: Lena Dunham Goes for a Bike Ride

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HBO has released the first Girls Season 4 teaser, offering fans a very Hannah Horvath-esque first look at the new season.  The teaser trailer is just a short bit of footage that shows creator/star/writer/director Lena Dunham riding a bike and then running into a bit of trouble, so it’s more of a heads up than an actual trailer.  The teaser also says that the show is currently in production, which isn’t technically true.  Dunham confirmed that they wrapped Season 4 last week, so right now Girls is actually in post-production in anticipation of the early 2015 premiere date.  Though I know the series has its detractors, I find there’s more to like about it than to dislike mostly thanks to the magnetic Adam Driver.  I imagine he’ll have less of a presence this year what with filming Star Wars and all, but the guy turns in consistently fantastic work on the series.

Hit the jump to watch the Girls Season 4 teaser.  An official premiere date has yet to be specified, but if it follows the pattern of the last two seasons, expect the first episode to drop the second week of January.

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